By Carey Purcell
17 Mar 2014
Directed by Leigh Silverman and featuring music direction by James Cunningham, the cast includes Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act), J. Bernard Calloway (All The Way, Memphis), Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless), Steven Eng, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt (The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar), Matthew Maher, Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Wonderland), Martin Moran (Titanic, Bells Are Ringing), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu), Alexandra Silber (Master Class, Arlington), Lois Smith (Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath), Price Waldman (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Little Mermaid), Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair) and Chip Zien (Into the Woods, The Big Knife).
"Threepenny Opera meets Guys & Dolls as a Salvation Army gal falls for a Chicago gangster – and unforgettable songs ensue!" press notes state. "Brecht and Weill's astounding follow-up to Threepenny Opera doesn't believe in the separation of church and organized crime. As Army preacher Lillian Holiday struggles for the soul (and heart) of head gangster Bill Cracker, trouble is brewing amongst the gang. A big bank job is underway, but a hostile takeover from within threatens to ruin all their plans. With such great songs as 'Surabaya-Johnny,' 'The Sailor's Tango,' and 'The Bilbao Song,' this masterpiece combines social satire with music hall moxie and delights all the way to its very happy end."